Sierra Club offers easy hike
• Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an easy seven-mile hike through Bear Run Nature Reserve on Sunday. Call Mike Robertson at 412-678-4039.
• Jennings Environmental Education Center will host a 90-minute guided prairie hike at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The blazing star and other prairie flowers should be at peak bloom during late July and early August. The walk will begin in the prairie parking area. The prairie is hot and has little shade, so dress appropriately. Call 724-794-6011.
• Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead an eight-mile loop hike in Quebec Run Wild Area Aug. 5. The hike will pass along Mill Run Trail. Call Ben Brugmans at 412-361-3623.
• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will host an evening bat watch at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sons of Zebedee Church in Saltsburg. Participants will meet in the river parking lot at the end of Canal Street and walk up the West Penn Trail to the church. Call Karen Jackson at 724-668-7421.
• Moraine Preservation Fund will hold a program on dissecting owl pellets at 7 p.m. Friday at Moraine State Park. Dissecting pellets allows you to see their eating habits and nature. Call 724-368-9185.
• Keystone State park will host a children’s program focusing on raptors from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the beach house. There will be stories, crafts and games. Call 724-668-2939.
• Naturalists from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead a hike to explore the pond at Todd Sanctuary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Wear shoes that can get wet. The event is free to members and costs $3 per non-members. Reservations are required and there is a limit of 15 people. Call 412-963-6100.
• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will host a dragonfly walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at St. Vincent’s College. Meet Tom Pearson at the Gristmill and bring an insect net if you own one.
• Extension office director Bob Pollock will lead a hike to identify native and invasive weeds at 10 a.m. Aug. 5 at Yellow Creek State Park nature center. Call 724-463-8636.
• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will host an owl prowl from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Todd Sanctuary in Sarver, Butler County. Hikers will look for screech, barred and great horned owls while learning about their natural history. There is no cost for members, but non-members pay $5. Reservations are required and there is a limit of 20 people. Call 412-963-6100.
• Three Rivers Birding Club will host a trip to Shenango Reservoir to look for migrating shorebirds at 8 a.m. Aug. 20. Dave Wilton and Steve Thomas will lead this outing. Meet at the Golden Run Access area and bring lots of water, food, a wide-brimmed hat, and footwear for muddy conditions. Visit www.3rbc.org.
• Venture Outdoors will host a beginner’s sea kayak paddle from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. July 31 on the Allegheny River. Kayaks, guides and instruction will be provided. Meet at Kayak Pittsburgh under the Sixth Street Bridge. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Call 412-255-0564.
• Venture Outdoors’ TriAnglers group will meet to fish from Point State Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Fishing instructor Karen Gainey will be on hand to help those who need it. All are welcome to attend, but a fishing license is required. Cost is $5. Call 412-255-0564 or visit www.ventureoutdoors.org.